Sunday, 31 January 2016

Flower Frame

We went to a really nice place for lunch yesterday. It's in what used to be the Boiler Room of a old match factory, the factory was built in 1900 and is no longer in use but I'm always so pleased when beautiful old buildings like this are given a new lease on life. Lunch was very tasty too!

The new sketch at Freshly made sketches is

Simon says stamp blog Work it Wednesday has the cue 'something new'. I've never stitched this pattern before.

Here is my card. I made a set of three for an order.

... and open to show that the front topper is slightly smaller than the bottom so that the checked paper shows through.

Pattern: Pintrest
Thread: Grey DMC 317
             All other colours codes and brands unknown
Silver peel off sentiment
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Free download from Activity village.


Saturday, 30 January 2016


CASology have this cue

Here is my card
Pattern; New Designs, New Projects for Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: Brand and colour codes unknown
Card stock: Red in 200gsm
                   Scraps of white embossed with guinea fowl feathers
Silver ribbon
Circle Punch
Strip of silver peel off
Clear flat backed gems

Friday, 29 January 2016


Simply less is moore. have the cue of Silhouette
Here is my card. It was made as a Mother's Day card.
I made the pattern for the word.

My inspiration

Thread: DMC Noir
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap of scrap booking paper
           Scrap of black   

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


This is the new sketch at CASe this sketch
Here is my card
 This was actually quiet a difficulty pattern to stitch as the flowers are depicted totally by lines. it wasn't easy working out where to go and which hole to put the needle into.

I will also be entering it over at Split coast stampers Featured stamper 468 were the stamper is Michelle.
I have chosen to use this card as my inspiration. Once again I CASed the layout and the large image on my card.
pattern: Pintreset
Self adhesive decorative strip in mauve
Cardstock: 160gsm in white
Double sided Foam  

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

I Heart you

A new card

and I will be entering it into three challenges. Over at TGIF challenges which has this sketch
 Split coast stampers Free 4 all 309 where the challenge is "I heart you" and Simon says stamp Monday challenge where the challenge is "Love is in the air + red"
Thread: Silver: DMC E168
             Purple: DMC 3887
             Other colour codes and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    200gsm in silver
Button from my stash
Border punch

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Art Nouveau Roses

Freshly made sketches have a new sketch
Here is my card. I actually love this pattern but haven't stitched it for ages

I will also be entering this over at Time out challenges where the brief is to CASe this beautiful card by Marika

I chose to CASe the layout that she used.
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
border punch
Bought paper flower
Enamel dot for centre of flower
Paper: Scrap of white and green check.

Saturday, 23 January 2016


I got an unexpected parcel in the post yesterday. It was my Christmas present from my sister who lives in New Zealand. Even though it had taken nearly two months to get to me, when it should have taken 10 days, it was rather nice getting the surprise and the gift itself was worth waiting for.

 CASology have a fun challenge this week. It's
I used clear plastic to make my butterfly 'float' in the centre of the circle.
 I added a second piece of pink and white card stock to the back of the card topper so that it was neat inside.
I tried a variation of this idea here but that time I used very thin fishing line to allow the butterfly to swivel. It was rather tricky to make so hence doing this instead.
Pattern; Stitching cards Free-butterfly reduced to 70% of original pattern
Thread: Code and brand unknown
Pink glass beads
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                    200gsm in salmon pink
Clear flat backed gems
Sixxizz circle dies
Clear Plastic: A piece of the dome which cover a sushi take away platter.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Butterflies and ink

Butterfly spot challenge. is Butterflies and inks
I added ink to these cards by pressing the eraser at the back of a pencil onto the ink pad and then making the dots.
These are small cards, just 7.5cmx6cm
I saw this technique here.
Source: Understanding Blue Blog

Pattern: Stitching cards Free Butterfly reduced to 50%
Thread: Brand and colour code unknown
Black beads
Ink: Colorbox in indigo and sky

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Stretching it

CASe this sketch.  have quiet a difficult sketch for this week and I might really be stretching it with the design I chose to stitch but here goes anyway!!!

This is the sketch
  and this is my card
This was made for a friend's birthday.
Pattern: Darcie floral-hibiscus-flower-embroidery
Thread: DMC in Blanch
Pearl beads
Lace edging: Paper Pizzazz lace edgers
Paper: Gold in 80gsm
card Stock: 160gsm in white

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Yorkshire Terrier

TGIF challenges have this delightful theme this week
As you all know I'm a huge cat lover but decided to give you a break from that and stitch a dog instead.
I was commissioned to make this card for the owner of a Yorkshire Terrier
card stock: 160gsm in white
Scrap of brown and gold paper
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Black beads

Monday, 18 January 2016

Swirly heart

Share joy challenge have this sketch and photo inspiration
Here is my card
 I will also be entering this over at Split coast stampers Free 4 all 308 where the brief is to use your  "New stamps in stash". I don't really use stamps often so reckon that I might be forgiven if I  interpreted this to mean a never before used pattern, which this is.
I'll also enter it at  Uniko studio where the cue is
Pattern; Pintrest
Thread: Pink: DMC 4180
Kindyglitz in crystalina
card stock: 160gsm in white
                  Linen effect in pink
Flat backed pearl.

Sunday, 17 January 2016


Well I survived the first week back at school and my classroom is starting to have a resemblance of order to it so I guess the new year has well and truly started.

Freshly made sketches have a new sketch. Here it is
  and my take on it. Once again I've turned the sketch side ways.
I initially stitched a 'one' in the top right corner but it didn't turn out too well so I just cut it off, hence the strange shape of the topper. To make the card look more balanced I added the little tartan bow with the faces.
Pattern: Balloons: Ann's paper art balloons
             Sentiment: Unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                   Oatmeal is an upscaled calendar (I love the colour so couldn't just discard it, besides it's a great quality too)
Tartan ribbon
Thread: all colour codes and brands unknown
Tartan bow: Scrap book embellish

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Vase of flowers

I chose this card of hers.

I copied her layout more than the content.
Pattern: New Designs, New projects for embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                    Scrap of kraft
White nylon ribbon
Paper: 80gsm in dusty pink
           Dots: Paper Pizzazz dots, stripes and checks
Small clear beads 

Friday, 15 January 2016

Downton Abbey

One of the great things about the holidays is having the time to catch up with all the series that you enjoy watching. I absolutely love Downton Abbey  and I devoured all nine episodes of Season 4 during that time. I'm now on the prowl for the season 5 DVD but unfortunately none of the shops seem to have received stock of it yet. (Season 6 is airing at the moment on our pay for view channel but as we don't have that I'll just have to keep checking for when it comes into the stores.)

The new cue at Casology is
I decided to do gifts which are waiting to be opened.
I tore the topper and paper with the help of my edger ruler. It gives a more controlled edge to the torn page.
Pattern: 101 ideas for embroidery on paper by Erica Forgtens
Thread: All colours and brands unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white and pink
Paper: Scraps of green embossed and gold scrap book paper
Jef Paper Tear edger

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Two apricot flowers

CASe this sketch. has this sketch this week

My take on it
I popped the topper up on foam tape for some dimension.
Pattern: Pintrest
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap of stripes
Thread: Apricot: DMC 4190
             Green: unknown
             Gold: DMC E436
Double sided tape

Wednesday, 13 January 2016


So I meet my new class today. Wish me luck!

Split coast stampers Free 4 all 307 have a new brief for this week and it's snow. It seems odd to be thinking about snow in the middle of a heat wave but here goes.....

This little card is only 7.5cm x 6cm. It is by far one of my all time favourite Christmas cards.
The idea came from one made by Sharri Carroll.
To start I cut a tree shape out of scrap cardstock and then added a kraft trunk. Next I scratched through my button stash for small white and clear buttons which I then adhered to the tree shape with craft glue. I added clear flat backed gems to fill up the gaps and placed some pearls in the centre of buttons to add some detail. The  merry Christmas background paper was made on the computer and my "Snow" was cut from a scrap of home made (not by me) paper. To complete I added a bakers twine bow. It was a lot of fun to make and if I had more suitable buttons I would have made more than just two.
I will also be entering this over at Clean and simple on Sunday were the cue card is Winter
Buttons: clear and white small
A variety of different sizes of flat backed gems in clear
Flat backed pearls
card stock: 160gsm in white
                   Scrap of kraft
Paper: cream hand made paper
           80gsm in white
Baker's twine
craft glue


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Little feet

Simon says stamp blog Wednesday challenge is Something new

I thought a card for a new baby would be perfect

pattern: homikuj
Thread: Green DMC 368
             Yellow: Brand and colour code unknown
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in white
           Scrap of yellow and green
Folder: Swiss dot
Sizzix 8 circle dies
Buttons: my stash


Monday, 11 January 2016

Back to school

Well it's back to school today. The first two days are for the teachers and then the boys arrive on Wednesday. Today will be full of meetings and tomorrow I'll have time to get my classroom up and running. Can't say I'm thrilled about the prospect but I say that every year and once I get back into I thoroughly enjoy my job so this year will probably be the same I'm sure.

TGIF challenges's weekly challenge is
This is my take on it. I turned it upside down.
To complete I added faux stitching and a computer generated sentiment
I will also be entering this over at Time out challenges were the theme is Birthdays.
card Stock: 160gsm in white
Thread: All colour codes and brands unknown
Paper: Paper Pizzazz soft tints
           Scrap of purple
Gel pen in purple

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Masked flowers

We have been experiencing a heat wave here this week. Where I live hasn't been to bad but some places have been 42degrees centigrade. Yesterday was our first cooler day in weeks, a real treat. It even rained a little which is desperately needed. The temperature is on it's way back up today but the repreive was certainly appreciated.

 Freshly made sketches have a new sketch
Here is my card
 I did the paint stripes with masking tape. I dabbed the ink onto a strip of masking tape and then placed it onto the card stock. When the tape is removed it leaves this lovely effect.

I will also be entering this over at CASology where the brief is

Pattern: Easy embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Thread: Olive green
Flat backed gems
Masking tape
Ink: Color box in sky blue, lime green and scarlet
Card stock: 160gsm in white

Friday, 8 January 2016

CASing Kathy

Split coast stampers Featured stamper 465 is Kathy.
I chose to copy this one of hers.

Here is my card

I copied the layout and embossed background but changed the colours and subject matter.
I have also made a small card 7cm x 5cm with the same pattern
pattern: Easy Embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette
Swirls embossing folder
Sixxiz oval die
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Purple and white 80gsm
           Scrap of green
Thread: All brands and colour codes unknown
Liquid pearls in gold
Gold metal dot
Rolfes metallic pen in green


Thursday, 7 January 2016


Splitcoast stampers Free4 all 306 is Icing on the cake. They want a card with some kind of frosting. This is a card I made a while ago but have never shown. Apologisies in advance for the quality of the photograph.
I hand embossed the stars and added a little glitter glue for sparkle. I coloured with pastel pencil and then smudged it with an earbud. 
Thread: Gold DMC E168
             All other codes and brand names unknown
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scraps
Rolfes metallic pen in pink

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Wedding doves

Share joy challenge have this challenge

and TGIF challenges have this challenge
I decided to combined them and made this card.
You will have to look very closely to see the black but it is there!
pattern: Doves: chomikuj
             Sentiment: Stitching cards Flower-border-congratulations
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                    Scrap of silver
Thread: Silver: DMC E168
              Gold: DMC E436
               White: DMC Blanch
Liquid pearls in gold

Tuesday, 5 January 2016


I can't believe that it's already the last week of my holidays. They have flown by. I can't say that I am relishing the idea of starting all over again with a new bunch of boys but I guess that's the nature of my job!
The criteria at Simply less is moore is Neutrals so I will be entering this card over there.
I chose to use white and cream as my neutrals.
Thread: DMC Satin in white
Pattern: Ann's paper art
             Sentiment: Stitching cards Free-words-for-card-stitching
Card Stock: 160gsm in white and cream
Paper: 80gsm in white and cream
Flower punch
Flat backed gems in champagne

Monday, 4 January 2016

Butterflies and Xanthine

What, you may ask, is xanthine? Well until it was included in the new challenge over at Butterfly challenge. I had never even heard of it, let alone asked what it was!
Here is the definition supplied on their website
"Xanthine =  The yellow colouring matter found in certain plants as in Yellow Madder.
(Madder is from the Genus Rubia and has small yellow flowers, whorled leaves and a reddish brown root.)"
So basically it's just a fancy way of saying that we have to make something which includes a yellow butterfly and something else yellow too.
As school finished for the year in early December something to use as a Thank you gift was in order and these little thank you chocolate folders fit the criteria perfectly (both to hand out to colleagues and for the challenge).
I machine stitched the punched butterflies onto the folder once I had scored the folding lines but before I attached the pocket for the chocolate. The bars of chocolate where all 120g. The ribbon was also attached by machine prior to adding the pocket. I used double sided tape to secure the pocket.
With the "mistakes" and left over butterflies I made some little gift tags

and here.

All the butterflies are punched out of paint chip sheets and the sentiment is computer generated.
Card stock: 160gsm in a variety of colours
                    Paint chip cards
Satin ribbon
Double sided tape
Butterfly punch
Sewing machine
White thread
Tags: Flat backed gems 
          Rolfes metallic marker in gold and pink
          Scraps of paper
          Pentel fine liner in black